Feyenoord have found it hard to roll teams over this season, so they’ll not be taking RKC too lightly, despite the visitors having a less than boastful record on their travels to Rotterdam. One win is all the Brabant outfit can pride themselves on at De Kuip.
Van Marwijk will have to shuffle his back line again, with lynchpin Patrick Paauwe forced to sit this one out after a yellow card at PSV and a subsequent suspension. With Kees van Wonderen and Gérard de Nooijer not yet ready to come back in after protracted rehab for both, Alfred Schreuder or Chris Gyan could come in to the centre of the defence. ‘Gérard is back in training with us, but he’s far from match fit. Not even for the reserves. He’ll have to decide for himself when he thinks he ready to play a game. But I would have liked to have him available for Sunday.’
The coach hasn’t made his decision yet on that central defensive berth, or if he has he’s keeping it close to his chest. ‘Alfred is the better tactician and is good at bringing the ball out from the back. Chris is more a pure man-marker. Ghaly could be an option, but he’s pleased me in midfield. He’ll probably stay there.’
HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 21 MARCH 2004
Kick-off: 12.30 pm
Venue: De Kuip
Probable Feyenoord team
Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Schreuder (Gyan), Mtiliga; Smolarek, Ghaly, Ono, Lurling; Buffel, Kuyt.